‘The Northman’ Blu-Ray Review: A Relentless and Thrilling Historical Thriller

The man from the northwhich was first released in the US in April, is equally mystifying and visually compelling as writer/director by Robert Egger two previous outings, Lighthouse and The witch. This film, however, is the most accessible yet and delivers a very compelling tale of revenge that confidently knows when to show what audiences want from it, while making its own fascinating points about fate, war and spirituality in the process.

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The film’s main character, the Viking prince Amleth, is played incredibly well by the child actor Oscar Novak in the moving introduction to the film, then by Alexander Skarsgardwhich not only nails the warrior’s hulking physique, but also captures the endless fury and rage within him that drives his quest for revenge.

Amleth’s journey is a visual marvel throughout. The landscapes of Northern Ireland replace the film’s Slavic locations, but still display incredible vistas with perfectly interwoven villages and period settings. Eggers also keeps scenes exciting with unpredictable camera movements and absolutely amazing framing. The costume design is also out of this world, steeped in historical influence with a wide variety of fascinating outfits on display.

Eggers’ screenplay co-writer, the Icelandic poet and novelist sjon, brought dialect styles into the dialogues that were still clear but also felt very appropriate for the time periods depicted. The sense of authenticity that permeated the script helped every fantasy element of the film feel even more effective and united in a fully realized world on screen.

While the film contains some of the most epic action set-pieces filmed this year, including an incredible duel in a volcano and several brutal scenes of raids on a village, the drama of this film is also an equally compelling reason to watch. . Amleth doesn’t just raid his uncle’s farm for immediate revenge upon arriving there, and watching his plan unfold is far more fascinating than expected.

Without getting too much into the story, Amleth’s journey quickly turns into something unexpected as he meets his mother for the first time in years after believing she was kidnapped. Nicole Kidman initially seems like an odd casting choice as Queen Gudrún, but once you see this scene from the movie, you won’t be able to get his words out of your head.

The man from the north is a phenomenal and unusual viewing experience that you really shouldn’t miss. Any fantasy or action fan will find a good time here, and it’s far from a mindless journey of sword and sorcery for those who need more to chew on in their movies.

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